01/13/2019 -- Marietta, Georgia -- Atlanta United head coach Frank de Boer speaks with members of the media following a training with the team at the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground, Monday, January 13, 2020. (ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
Photo: Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com
Photo: Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com

Atlanta United’s de Boer still hoping for a right midfielder

Atlanta United manager Frank de Boer on Thursday said he still hopes the team can add a right midfielder or winger before the start of the MLS season.

Atlanta United will play Motagua in Honduras in the Champions League on Feb. 18. The return leg will take place Feb. 25 at Kennesaw State. Atlanta United will open MLS play Feb. 29 in Nashville.

De Boer said he thinks the team needs depth on the right in case of injury or suspension.

“It’s a healthy environment when the competition is high because everybody knows they have to perform because if not there is another player knocking on the door,” he said.

The only player who fits that description that the club may be reportedly pursuing is Manuel Castro, who plays for Estudiantes in Argentina. Cielo Sports, a program on a radio station in Argentina, reported four days ago that the two sides are negotiating, according to the website Dirty South Soccer.

Atlanta United sold Hector Villalba to Libertad in Paraguay last week. De Boer said that Jake Mulraney can play on the right. Brooks Lennon also is a possibility.

De Boer’s wish to add a central midfielder was met with the acquisition of Brazilian midfielder Matheus Rossetto on Monday.

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